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Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

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Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

I've been searching the forum for a few days and the amount of information is astounding! I have made some progress and have decided we will stay at the Golden Nugget for a few days in September. Our purpose is more sightseeing than gambling so the GCNP tour is in the planning works!

Is there a bus stop or monorail close to the Nugget that will take us to the strip? Is it like a day pass to hop on and off? I have looked at quite a few maps and still have no concept of how long getting from A to B will take. Not interested in paying for cabs all week if it is easy to grab other transportation. Also, is there an airport shuttle or would a cab be the best choice to and from the airport?

Any links to easy to read maps or trip planning guides? I don't want to arrive and feel lost and confused the whole time :)

Any tips on what to avoid would be helpful too! Thank you

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1. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

First I would give serious consideration to your hotel choice. For a first visit, and you say you're not focused on gambling, staying downtown at the Golden Nugget is a really unusual choice.

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2. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

You can easily take a "hop on/hop off" bus to get to the Strip. You can purchase 1 day, 3 day or week bus pass. There are 2 different busses, the "Deuce" which has lots of stops and the "Wax" which doesn't have near as many stops. The passes are good for either one. As far as transportation from the airport, we personally take a taxi to Golden Nugget ( which we just did a few weeks ago). The cost was apprx. $35 plus tip for one way.

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Agree with Irish on hotel choice. A more central (and possibly more economical) choice on the strip would be more convenient.

Airport transportation: https://www.mccarran.com/go.aspx

Buses: www.rtcsnv.com/transit/routes-maps-schedules/

There's really not much to navigating Las Vegas, particularly for a first time visitor.

Be aware that GCNP is a *long* way from Las Vegas, about 5 hours by car. For other national parks see: …about.com/od/travelitineraries/tp/Driving-D…

Do read the FAQ over there ->

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4. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

I rarely ever give advice when people make their choice of hotel but on this occasion I strongly agree with IrishFan.

First trip - on the strip. Don't forget or you will regret. :-)

I recall giving serious consideration to staying off strip for my entire first stay but I was so glad I listened to the advice given from those with experience.

Good luck bryna.

Edited: 20 June 2014, 14:12
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5. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

Get a duce bus pass. You can get one on the bus for a day $8. Downtown where you catch the bus, you can buy a 3 day pass for $20. There is no mono-rail down town only on the strip. you don't need to take one if you have a bus pass. the bus pass takes u everywhere the mono rail does with one or two exceptions. In my opinion you don't need to ever take the mono-rail. There are also free shuttles from casino's to there sister casino's, just search free transportation/ Las Vegas. Hope this helps.

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6. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

don't stay downtown. only reason to is for gambling. pick a mid level place on the strip (of which each has their own preference...i'd say NYNY)

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7. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

O.K, sounds like I may need to re-think and start over! Some of the reasons I chose Golden Nugget were the pool ( we build and install pools and would love to see a few while in Vegas) The price was also a huge factor as a package deal with flight runs about $700 pp tax in for 4 or 5 days. I read that prices generally are cheaper downtown than on the strip for meals etc.. People watching sounded crazy too! Why would on the strip be so much a better place to stay?

Good to know the transportation will not be a problem wherever we end up. Appreciate the answers.

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8. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

to me downtown is pretty boring and other than the canopy of lights on fremont street i'd say none of the top 10 "must see's" in vegas are downtown. people who are hard core gamblers like it down there. there are cheap eats on the strip.

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9. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

Well, the reasons you have chose for the nugget/downtown are good ones. The nugget does have a very nice pool. Prices for drinks, food, etc. are cheaper, in general, downtown, than the strip. People watching is a whole different deal downtown, compared to the strip. With that said, it really depends on what your main priorities/goals are. As mentioned, you can find comparable priced hotels on the strip and you will be in the heart of things. What I personally don't like about the strip is that it takes forever to get from one casino to the other, since they are so large. But then again, it isn't my first time in Vegas. Either location (downtown or strip) will be fine, I would at least consider some options on the strip along with the nugget.

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10. Re: Getting around easily and cheaply - First visit

Bryna, I would recommend the strip for a first time visitor who doesn't plan on renting a car because there is so much more to see/do (especially non-gaming activities) within walking distance when you stay on the strip vs. downtown. Yes, you could take the bus back and forth but that can be time consuming and personally would get old for me rather quickly. Hotel prices will depend heavily on your travel dates, of course. Good luck.